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Mustangs Combine to Set Indoor DMR School Record at UW Invitational

Mustangs Combine to Set Indoor DMR School Record at UW Invitational

Lanovaz Establishes Pentathlon PR; Hallett Posts Cal Poly's No. 3 Weight-Throw Mark Since 2001

SEATTLE — Cal Poly's Mikaela Romanini, Erin Moss, Kaila Bishop and Katie Izzo combined to break the school record for the women's 4,000-meter indoor distance medley relay on Friday night, taking fourth place in their section (12th overall) at the Washington Invitational.

The Mustang foursome clocked a time of 11:44.27 inside the walls of the Huskies' Dempsey Track Stadium, taking down the program record which had stood for 14 years.

Their performance bettered the previous distance medley relay mark of 12:04.11, set by Courtney Allen, Cassie Atkinson, Lindsay McManus & Rachel Peters in 2005.

Izzo, a redshirt junior coming off a cross country season in which she advanced to the NCAA National Finals, anchored the squad, moving up a few spots over her final laps with the baton to the country's 15th-fastest time this winter — only 8.7 seconds back of the win, as Simon Fraser claimed the section victory in 11:35.61 (eighth altogether among 33 teams). 

Oklahoma State went on to win the invitational heat for the event, with an all-time meet-record showing of 10:55.93, just ahead of Boise State and BYU, which also surpassed the previous UW Invite record, crossing in 10:56.42 and 10:56.51, respectively.

Earlier Friday, Caice Lanovaz came in ninth place in the pentathlon with a new career-best total of 3,585 points. 

Lanovaz started her day with a PR in the 60‐meter hurdles (9.09 seconds) before clearing 5 feet, 2.25 inches in the high jump and then establishing another career-best mark, reaching 36' 2" in the shot put. She then placed seventh in the long jump with a mark of 17' 10.75", prior to closing with an 800m time of 2:29.43.

Fellow junior pentathlete Amani Briggs added a 21st-place multis performance, compiling 3,062 points. In her debut as a Mustang, Briggs opened Friday with a time of 9.34 in the 60m hurdles, and then PR'd in the high jump, soaring over the bar at 5' 2.25". She then tallied a shot put mark of 31' 6.75", long-jumped 16' 8.5" and clocked a 2:54.18. Briggs' high jump height bettered her previous PR of 5' 1.75".

UCSB's Hope Bender won the pentathlon with 4,220 points, topping Riley Cooks of the Oiselle club at 4,094.

Meanwhile, Mustang junior Emily Hallett came in 24th place overall in the weight-throw event, releasing a mark of 46' 2.75", good for No. 3 in school history for the event which started at the NCAA women's level in 1991. UNLV school record-holder Mackenna Howard won Friday with a throw of 59' 0.25".

Cal Poly junior Molly Ross also took 25th place overall in the 60-meter hurdles, via 9.21 (earning third in Heat 5). Tawnie Moore, the 2017 Big Sky champion for Weber State, went on to win the event at 8.35.

In addition to 55 collegiate teams from around the country, the annual meet features numerous pros. The invitational will conclude Saturday, with Day 2 competition scheduled in the Pacific Northwest from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Photo Courtesy Jamie Mitchell ©